Are High Energy Dogs More Destructive Than Low Energy Dogs?
What’s the difference between low energy, medium energy and high energy dogs, and how can dog lover’s curb their inadvertent (or not so inadvertent) destructive behavior while also protecting their homes?
Here’s how to evaluate the energy levels of your friends along with 4 key scratch guard products to ensure your home and all of its surfaces survive the wrath of active pups!
While the above question may be worthy of an educated guest to those who do not live with these types of animals, to those that do, the answer lies all around them.
Living with a high energy dog can cause the sanest, most loving animal owner to loose his or her mind, while the owner of a low energy dog (and the dog) may find life to be generally cool and quite copacetic. Dogs with medium levels of energy, not surprisingly, fall in between the two.
Understanding High Energy Breeds Of Dogs
There’s no question that the repressed energy of any dog that falls within this category is going to cause more destructive behavior than those animals that fall within the range of the other two.
So how can you tell if you live with one, you may ask. Well, the answer, my friends, is not blowing in the wind as Bob Dylan used to say.
It is rather, everywhere about, and as an owner of one (or more) or these creatures, you probably already know the answer, or at the very least suspect.
These animals are high maintenance, require above average mental and physical exercise, are always ready to move and they often play all day and all night. (When you as an owner can find the time to sleep is another problem meant for another article).
Their tails wag incessantly at incredible speeds, they jump up and down, bring you a toy when they see you and are constantly trying to engage in a game of tug of war or fetch.
One good note is the fact that the more energy a dog has, the more teachable he or she is to instruction (if the owner can stay awake, that is).
The ability to learn, however, can become very challenging if it is not addressed and nourished.
An owner of a high energy dog must commit some time for serious training and may need to consider some of CLAWGUARD’s products to aid against the damage caused by scratching and clawing, which can destroy expensive furniture, doors, window sills, curtains, couches and anything inanimate that wont play or respond to their instinctual need to release pent-up energy.
There is a reason why some dogs bounce off walls and others are happy just to be surrounded by them. It goes back to ancient times when dogs were in the early stages of domestication.
Slowly, they became enmeshed in human populations where they became hunters, guardians, shepherds and supply providers that crossed over snow and ice.
Their bodies became equipped for work, and when the need for dogs to aid in survival lessened, all that built in energy remained.
A new animal emerged accompanied by a name change from Canis lupus to Canis lupus familiaris (the family dog). However, there was no new moniker or remedy for that untapped energy, which would have to find a means of release.
There are ways to calm your high energy pup down so they will not take things out on innocent bystanders like furniture, doors, window sills, curtains screens and the like. For these situations, our CLAWGUARD products will help, but here are some ideas to think about.
5 Tips To Help Handle A High Energy Dogs
Accept Your Pup Will Need Exercise And Mental Stimulation
Should You Put Your Dog To Work?
Which Job Is Best For Your Special Animal?
Introduce Walking And Cooling Off Periods
Use Clickers and Treats For Mental Exercises
The Top 10 High Energy Breeds
There are quite a few high energy dog breeds. Some of the more popular include:
- Siberian huskies;
- Border Collies;
- Australian Shepherds;
- Cattle dogs;
- and Jack Russell Terriers
Understanding Medium Energy Breeds Of Dogs
Dogs with medium energy levels are smart, highly trainable and great companions for all types of adventures.
Although dogs that fall into this category are generally mellow in nature, they are known to have occasional bursts of energy. They are the middle ground and are very popular for, well, medium energy inspired people which is a description that fits many of us (this author included.).
This translates into a dog that has relatively few care requirements as opposed to those of their higher energy cousins.
These dogs do require exercise and mental stimulation throughout the day in order to remain healthy, and they are not inclined to take their energy out on inanimate objects like doors, couches windows and screens.
Most people will do very well with a medium-energy dog as long as they can spend at least 30-45 minutes per day for exercise.
5 Medium-Energy Breeds Of Dogs
The following breeds are some very popular medium energy dogs.
Understanding Low-Energy Breeds Of Dogs
Couch potatoes by nature, these dogs make perfect companions for more inactive care-givers.
They require a few short walks a day, and are content to spend the rest of their time snuggling next to their favorite humans.
They may wag their tails and approach a new person, but they do not jump up, as some of their higher energy cousins do.
They are not likely to engage in intense play time or learning new tricks, but they make up for this with their good behavior.
While you might want to keep some of our protective products on hand just in case, it isn’t likely that these dogs will be very destructive.
Low Energy Dog Breeds Include:
- Chow Chows
- Basset Hounds
- Irish Wolfhounds
- and the Bloodhound
How To Protect Your Home From High Energy Dogs
The following represent some of our fine products that help to protect your home from the destructive claws and teeth of our beloved pets.
They are a new and stronger version of an older product, and they cover a wider expanse. Keep your home interior and your pet’s paws safe from injury, and try these practical door shields.
So, if there is a moral to this story, it would be to learn to live with and lovingly accept your beloved pet, whether of high, medium or low energy.
If you prefer a higher level pup, there’s always help right at your fingertips with our many innovative scratch guard products.
Give them a try today and enjoy your high spirited animal without worry that you and your furniture may soon part ways!